Someone once observed that if Howard Stern and Krista Tippett had a love child, it would be Scott Jones. Scott liked that.
At "Give and Take,” Scott Jones talks with artists, authors, theologians, and political pundits about the lens through which they experience life. With empathy, humor, and a deep knowledge of religion, current events, and pop culture, Scott engages his guests in a free-flowing conversation that's entertaining, unexpected, occasionally bizarre, and oftentimes enlightening. He likes people, and it shows.
Past interviewees include Mark Oppenheimer, Melissa Febos, David French, Miroslav Volf, Dan Savage, Nadia Bolz-Weber, Rob Bell, and (yes) Krista Tippett.
Scott is the former host and producer of the popular Mockingcast podcast (https://themockingcast.fireside.fm) and an in-demand consultant on all things “pod.” He’s also the co-host, with Bill Borror, of New Persuasive Words (https://npw.fireside.fm). Scott is also a prolific writer, a frequent conference speaker, a PhD candidate in Theology, and an ordained minister.
A New Jersey native, Scott lives with his best friend and wife, Lindy, in the suburbs of Philadelphia with two rescue pit bulls that he swears are sensitive souls.
May 27th, 2017 | 43 mins 35 secs
My guest is Karen Swallow Prior. Karen is an award-winning Professor of English at Liberty University. She's the author of several books, numerous scholarly articles and just wrote a piece for Christianity Today entitled "How to Love Your Ideological Enemy".
May 27th, 2017 | 49 mins 9 secs
My guest is Jason Micheli. He's the author of "Cancer Is Funny: Keeping Faith in Stage-Serious Chemo". He a Methodist pastor and co-hosts the "Crackers and Grape Juice" podcast.
May 26th, 2017 | 41 mins 27 secs
My guest is Mandy Smith. She's the author, most recently, of the "The Vulnerable Pastor". She is also the lead pastor of University Christian Church in Cincinatti, Ohio.
May 23rd, 2017 | 1 hr 4 mins
My guest is Jace Broadhurst is a biblical scholar, a Baptist minister, and someone who has spent some time in the school of suffering over the past few years. He shares his thoughts on faith and the life of the mind, baptist culture and dealing with the death of a spouse.
May 22nd, 2017 | 39 mins 37 secs
My guest is Sarah Heath. Sarah is the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Costa Mesa, California. She's the author of a new book "What's Your Story?
Seeing Your Life Through God’s Eyes".
May 20th, 2017 | 36 mins 50 secs
My guest is renowned architect (and my friend) Duo Dickinson. Duo's work has received more than 30 awards, including the 2015 Sacred Landscape Award from the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture. His design work has been published in more than 70 publications including The New York Times, Architectural Record, and House Beautiful.
May 19th, 2017 | 48 mins 5 secs
My guest is Michael Wear. Michael is the author of "Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America." He's the co-host of the "Church Politics" podcast, and was one of the youngest White House staffers in modern American history.
May 18th, 2017 | 42 mins 17 secs
My guest today is Matt Johnson. Matt is a husband, father to two little girls, and is an armchair student of theology living in Seattle. He is also a freelance writer and editor. Until recently, Matt spent 7 years as an associate volunteer pastor in counseling and recovery ministry. He's the author of "Getting Jesus Wrong: Giving Up Spiritual Vitamins and Checklist Christianity".
May 17th, 2017 | 43 mins 46 secs
Tom Nichols is Professor of National Security Affairs at the US Naval War College, an adjunct professor at the Harvard Extension School, and a former aide in the U.S. Senate. He is also the author of several works on foreign policy and international security affairs. His most recent book is "The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters."
May 16th, 2017 | 1 hr 2 mins
David French is a senior writer for National Review, a senior fellow at the National Review Institute, an attorney (concentrating his practice in constitutional law and the law of armed conflict), and a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is the author or co-author of several books including, most recently, the No. 1 New York Times bestselling Rise of ISIS: A Threat We Can’t Ignore.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/author/david-french
May 14th, 2017 | 1 hr 48 secs
Melissa Shoshahi is an Iranian-American stand-up comedian and writer based in Los Angeles. Her weekly podcast "Mel Talk" can is on iTunes and she can currently be seen in the upcoming indie flick Lost in Austin.
May 11th, 2017 | 48 mins 11 secs
My guest today is Jeffrey Pugh. He is the Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Religious Studies at Elon University. He's written numerous books, including "Religionless Christianity: Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Troubled Times".
May 10th, 2017 | 59 mins 27 secs
My guest today is R.R. Reno, editor of "First Things", a Journal of Religion and Public Life, and also an old friend.
May 9th, 2017 | 57 mins 23 secs
My guest today is Tish Harrison Warren. She's an Anglican priest and the author of "Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practice in Everyday Life". She and her husband Jonathan (who is also an Anglican priest) live in Pittsburgh with their two young daughters in a house chock full of books with no matching forks or matching socks anywhere to be found.
May 4th, 2017 | 56 mins 23 secs
My guest is Dan Savage. He's a best selling author and sex advice columnist, a wildly popular podcaster, an Emmy winner and above all a great conversationalist.
Episode 11: Why Don't Democrats Take Religion Seriously?, and Other Big Questions...with The Atlantic's Emma Green
May 2nd, 2017 | 42 mins 14 secs
My guest today is Emma Green. Emma is a staff writer at The Atlantic, where she covers politics, policy, and religion.